Most of us have favorite local groups that we like to support. Frank, Ann, James, Karin and I do our share of volunteering for local, regional and national nonprofits. We believe it is important to offer our expertise in the sustainability arena to make sure philanthropic organizations have the management systems in place to survive for the long haul. After all, there is very little use in supporting an organization unless we are confident it will continue to make a difference into the future.
One organization that we support, The Restoration Conservancy, is targeted on one of the most important needs of our society, the restoration of streams, lakes, bays and oceans. Over many years, population growth has damaged these natural resources, and we recognize the importance of restoring them for the long-term health of our society.
Many of environmental challenges seem so big that many people are stymied. We don’t know what we can do to fix them. The Restoration Conservancy does a great job engaging individuals, breaking down challenges into manageable bites and offering solutions that laypeople can implement in their own backyards to make measurable differences.
The challenge, of course, is to inform the general public that the answers do not have to be complicated or expensive fixes that only governments can implement. Behavior changes on a large scale can be even more effective than a silver-bullet technology or regulatory fix. The key is that we all have to participate.
We encourage you to help this group achieve its mission by providing or referring corporate, government and philanthropic support. Do you know of a funding source that would resonate with TRC’s mission?